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28 July 2005

LRD publishes essential guide to health and safety law
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has published its essential guide Health and safety law 2005.

This annual publication has been updated to contain all the recent developments in health and safety including new regulations, HSE guidance and significant court cases. As well as new regulations on control of vibration at work, hazardous substances and work at height, the past year has seen changes to the control of major accidents and hazards, and amendments to the working time regulations affecting mobile workers in the road and transport sector.

LRD's annual Health and safety law booklet is regarded by trade unionists as one of the most comprehensive guides to health and safety law, making it one of LRD's best-selling publications.

This edition covers all aspects of health and safety law, from the basic framework of the legislation to safety reps' rights. There are details of regulations relating to all aspects of the working environment, equipment in use at work, physical hazards and dealing with accidents and injuries.

It also shows how safety reps can use the law to tackle the growing problems of stress, bullying and violence at work.

Health and safety law 2005 informs reps about forthcoming developments and issues that may result in new health and safety law over the next year, such as a law on corporate manslaughter, new regulations on civil liability, a law banning smoking in most workplaces, a new Fire Order and new noise and construction regulations.

Written with union negotiators and safety reps in mind, it is used by lay and full-time trade union officials in negotiations with employers to ensure workers are being protected.

Notes to editors

1. Health and safety law 2005 is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?8.50 or ?15.00 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?33.45 (?76.95 for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet, contact Paul Hampton on 020 7902 9826. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.

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